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New Report from APTA Shows Public Transit Riders Impact Local Economies

From a recent press release from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA):

Public transit riders are part of the engine that powers America’s economy, according to a new demographic study released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). The study Who Rides Public Transportation reveals that 87% of public transit trips directly impact the economy, either connecting people to employers needing workers and to retail and entertainment venues.  The study, authored by the CJI Research Corporation, is the most extensive demographic report of public transit riders ever, with nearly 700,000 passenger surveys. 

One example of this economic impact, according to the data, is that the share of riders using public transit for shopping more than doubled from 2007 (8.5%) to 2017 (21%).  APTA officials note that there is a long term trend of public transit riders having a greater impact on the economy while helping to sustain growth in local communities. 


You can read the entire press release on APTA's website.

But, what does this information actually mean for public transportation here?

It validates the fact that public transportation continues to play a vital role in improving the overall economy in the Greater Peoria area. Here are some examples of how:

  • CityLink passengers travel to work. (Which helps keep businesses open and successful.)
  • CityLink passengers travel to school. (Whether it is a local college or university, District 150 schools, or local private schools, having public transportation keeps the schools open, their employees working, and provides students with a reliable transportation option.)
  • CityLink passengers travel to local entertainment and sports venues. (The Peoria Civic Center, Dozer Park, EastSide Centre, Limelight Event Plex, just to name a few. All of these places have events on a regular basis and employ hundreds of local residents.)
  • CityLink passengers travel to local museums and educational centers. (The Peoria Riverfront Museum, Caterpillar Visitors Center, Luthy Botanical Garden, Peoria Zoo, and the Peoria PlayHouse provide educational opportunities for people of all ages, not to mention that they also employ local residents.)
  • CityLink passengers travel to local medical facilities and complexes. (Whether it's for work or a doctor's appointment, this helps keep the medical industry in the area thriving.)
  • CItyLink passengers travel to shop. (Groceries, clothes, shoes, toilet paper, toothpaste. These are all everyday necessities that people shop for on a regular basis. Patrons of local businesses help keep the establishments open and successful.)

While those are just a few of the reasons why CityLink remains a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to the Greater Peoria area economy, it leaves no doubt that public transportation is important and necessary for this area. Without it, all of the things listened above would suffer. The next time you ride a CityLink bus or see one on the streets, remember that it is just as much of the local economy as the car next to you.

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